Postcard of the Smithsonian Institution Castle, 1934, by Curt Teich & Co. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 75, Folder 8, Image no. SIA2013-06645.

Link Love: 12/28/2018

Link Love: a weekly post with links to interesting videos and stories about archival issues, technology and culture, and Washington D.C. and American history.

The government may be shutdown, but the Smithsonian isn’t… yet. Museums, research centers, and the National Zoo will be open through January 1. [via Smithsonian]

Postcard of the Smithsonian Institution Castle

Think New Year’s Eve is the next big cause to celebrate? Think again. Letterform Archive digitized 4,300 years of letter-block, sketches, and inkings for public use in the very near future. [via Hyperallergic]

While many observe Christmas on December 25, the National Constitution Center points out three major historical events that happened that day. [via National Constitution Center]

The Museum of Black Civilizations in Senegal opened this month, reigniting debates about western countries repatriating African works. [via artnet]

A Williams College professor and his colleagues used an innovative method of data mining and crowdsourcing to build the first picture of demographic diversity in art collections. They found that more than 75% of artists in museums are white men. [via MIT Technology Review]

Walk down Washington, D.C.’s historic alleyways with a three-part series on the topic. [via DCist]

Emerson College announced that it’s launching the first-of-its kind digital museum about the banjo. Set to “open” in June 2019, the museum will feature a searchable archive of recordings, original media, and more. [via infoDocket]

National Museum of African American History and Culture curator Dr. Ariana Curtis gave a talk at TEDWomen 2018 grappling with the question: Who deserves to be in a museum? [via TED Talks]

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